Washing and drying clothes can use a fair bit of energy, but with the latest washer dryer models it’s possible to keep costs down and do your bit for the environment. We explain everything from efficiency ratings and heat pump models to energy saving tips here.
Energy Efficiency Ratings
So, how do you go about picking an energy efficient washer dryer?
Well, one of the best places to start is with the energy efficiency rating. Nearly all household appliances have one and washer dryers are no different. G ratings are for appliances with the lowest energy efficiency, and A+++ is awarded to the most efficient.
So, picking the best energy efficiency rating will get you the most efficient appliance right?
Well, not necessarily. The rating is calculated using a variety of different factors, including appliance size. So an A rated washer dryer may use more energy than a smaller B rated model. As such, it’s important to buy a machine with the right drum capacity.
Fortunately, washer dryer energy labels show average energy consumption as well as the efficiency rating. This makes it easier to compare one model with another.
Using energy consumption as well as efficiency ratings make it easier to compare models.
Not Just Energy Efficiency
With a washer dryer, it’s not just energy consumption you have to be aware of, but also water consumption.
Washer dryers usually use water during the drying process as well as when washing.
Water consumption is another number that’s given on the energy label, along with the washing performance (rated from A to G), spin speed, drum capacities for washing and drying, and noise levels in decibels.
Heat Pump Washer Dryers
Although there aren’t many around yet, heat pump washer dryers are the most efficient models of all.
Put simply, these models reuse the hot air used in the drying process rather than releasing it into the atmosphere.
Efficient Laundry Tips
Investing in an efficient washer dryer is a good idea, but there are things you can do to help the appliance out too.
Washing your clothes in cooler water is a brilliant way of reducing energy consumption. Most washer dryers will let you alter the temperature setting on wash programmes, so try a lower one. Normally, you only need higher temperatures for stubborn stains and marks or hygienically cleaning baby clothes, bedding or towels.
Of course, on warmer days you could consider allowing your clothes to air dry, rather than using your washer dryer. As the drying cycles are the most energy-hungry, cutting these out makes quite a difference.
Moisture sensors can be useful for saving energy too. These detect how much moisture is in your clothing and shut off the cycle when the clothes are dry.